Tuesday, July 7, 2009
Posted for July 6
We got up at about 10 and got ready for the opening ceremony which started at 12 noon. When we arrived at the area where the opening ceremony was conducted it was already filled with people chanting. We found an area to hang out 50 yards away and just kitty corner to the main area. As noon came closer, each street and alley way can be described as a sea of people.
The Bull Fight was an experience that I prefer not to attend to again. It’s a great cultural experience, but the events the bulls endure made me understand why people and organizations protest these events. It’s like a cat and mouse game where a man on a horse toys with the bulls. They’re judged on technique and moves on how to avoid getting gored by the bull. In the process, the man on the horse spears the bulls on the top of his neck. Because the cat and mouse game is a process, the bulls are speared and die in a very slow manner. They endure about 8 spears prior to taking one final spear that puts them to rest. There were a total of 6 bouts. After watching the first bout, I had a sudden feel of sympathy for the rest of the bulls.